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Elementary School Teachers

Also called: Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Classroom Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher

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What they do:
Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.
On the job, you would:
  • Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • come up with lots of ideas
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Graphics software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$53,590
per year, on average
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